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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 05 June 2009 at 11:36am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Whoa, I must have missed this thread. This is my first view of the cover. JB, these inks are superb. I would have thought Mark Farmer inked it. And I mean that as a compliment.
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Given the way the world was changing even in 1969, it seems in retrospect absurd that anyone connected with STAR TREK would have assumed a "glass ceiling" for women in the latter part of the 22nd Century. But, then, TREK has occasionally shown a tendency to stumble in this area. Consider the episode of NEXT GENERATION, in which Picard is transformed into a 12 year old boy -- retaining all his adult faculties -- and is informed that he can no longer be a starship captain. Experience counts for nought, it would seem. Packaging is all,
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I would have thought Mark Farmer inked it. And I mean that as a
compliment.

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Extremely difficult to imagine how you could have meant it as an insult!!
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 John Byrne wrote:
Consider the episode of NEXT GENERATION, in which
Picard is transformed into a 12 year old boy -- retaining all his adult
faculties -- and is informed that he can no longer be a starship captain.
Experience counts for nought, it would seem. Packaging is all


Once again showing a Star Trek that reflected the times in which it was
produced...
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 Greg Kirkman wrote:
But the story indicates that she went nuts because
she hit the glass ceiling and couldn't be a Captain.


True -- but we both know that people don't just go nuts like that because of
a single catalyst. The damage had to be there already. I know -- I was
married to a Janice Lester.
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Posted: 09 June 2009 at 11:58am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

A little more sneekpeeking, suitably SPOILER-proofed.



Love me some STAR TREK, but MAN the bridge get's tiresome after a while!!
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Posted: 09 June 2009 at 12:07pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Blame the writer for keeping you on the bridge so much.
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The real annoyance is, back in the day when the lettering was on the boards it would have been possible to fudge some of the details until the lettering was done, and I could see just how much was going to show around the balloons and captions. Now, since I have no real idea of where the balloons will land, what shape they will be, or how large -- plus, I have to consider the potential customers in the aftermarket -- I have to draw everything, even tho I know a lot of it will end up being covered on the published pages.
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Something I'm curious about -- since you've used the computer to letter
your pages before, and since you're supplying IDW with digital files, why
don't they just have you letter your books? You'd have complete control of
balloon and sound effect placement that way.
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Posted: 09 June 2009 at 1:41pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

...or am I presuming incorrectly that you're supplying IDW with digital files? I
surmised this based on your conversations with Tom Smith about image
resolution when he was coloring Assignment: Earth.
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Publishers prefer computer lettering because it makes foreign editions
easier to produce.

Or so the story goes.
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Posted: 09 June 2009 at 2:46pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Very nice!

I'm getting a Tom Palmer vibe from the inking.

Intentional?

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No -- but I could see where it might peek thru. I've mostly been playing with a Frank Springer/Leonard Starr/Stan Drake kind of line.

Or, to express that without quite so much hubris, my attempt to get somewhere within sight of a Frank Springer/Leonard Starr/Stan Drake kind of line.

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Posted: 09 June 2009 at 4:01pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Wow! I missed this thread until now!

Nice Peeks!

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I always appreciate the Star Trek page sneeks - it makes my day.








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JB said:

No -- but I could see where it might peek thru. I've mostly been playing with a Frank Springer/Leonard Starr/Stan Drake kind of line.

Or, to express that without quite so much hubris, my attempt to get somewhere within sight of a Frank Springer/Leonard Starr/Stan Drake kind of line.

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Yeah, I can definitely see Stan Drake in there. Funny thing, those guys probably influenced Tom Palmer, too.

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One of the elements of this mini is a new Romulan ship, combining Romulan and Klingon technology. Since it will play such an important part in the third issue (and be seen in the second) I thought it might be a good idea to throw together a quick and dirty model that would allow me to keep the proportions right -- especially on that damn bird! -- no matter what the angle it's seen from.

Here's a peek at a test shot of that model.



Unlike the photos of the MasterReplicas model of the Enterprise that I have been (mostly) using as reference for shots of Constitution Class starships, this model has surface details only sketched in, as you can see. I'll do the fine tuning in the drawing on the pages.

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Posted: 11 June 2009 at 6:39am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

So, essentially a Bird of Prey with wider supports for Klingon D-7-style
engines? Does the top have any more elements of the D-7?
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No, the ship is mostly just a lot bigger than the traditional Romulan ships.
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Posted: 11 June 2009 at 7:59am | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Nifty!

Did I mention how much I loved the design you had for the D-7 bridge in
the earlier preview pages? I felt it hinted at the bridge shown in TMP while
retaining a Matt Jeffries' design aesthetic, and I really, really liked that.
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Posted: 11 June 2009 at 8:23am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

In SCHISM I am doing a lot of design work that bridges (no pun) between
TOS and TMP. Not as much as in the Mystery Project, which is set a bit later,
but enough to show time has passed not only with my Romulans "saga", but
for the TREKverse as a whole.

(The Mystery Project, for instance, opens with a Familiar Face studying a 3D
projection of the chopped and channeled Enterprise, while wearing a
TMP vintage uniform.)
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Posted: 11 June 2009 at 8:31am | IP Logged | 22 post reply

This all sounds quite exciting...!
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Posted: 11 June 2009 at 8:42am | IP Logged | 23 post reply

You big ol' tease, JB!
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The teasing is easy to forgive, since the final product is always worthwhile!
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More of the bridge…

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